The Northern Lights Task Force has issued a release highlighting the dangers of trenches.
In recent weeks, protesters have entered the trench area of the Line 3 pipeline, causing potential dangers to the workers, the protesters and possible rescue personnel.
There are about 25 deaths a year from trench accidents across the country, with many of these deaths caused by respiratory failure, broken bones and severe damage to internal organs.
A person buried in 18 inches of soil will have up to 3,000 pounds of force exerted onto their bodies.
The Northern Lights Task Force, a mutual aid agreement with law enforcement agencies across northern Minnesota, strongly encourages protesters to use safe areas to exercise their First Amendment rights.
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